Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2538 – Hints
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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A few hints to get you started.
Don’t forget that you can give your assessment of the puzzle. Five stars if you thought it was great, one if you hated it, four, three or two if it was somewhere in between.
As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a few of the better clues and provide hints for them.
Peter Biddlecombe’s full review of this puzzle will be published at 12.00 on Friday, 4th June.
1a Ordered in Paris pattern that’s needed for sweater? (14)
An anagram (ordered) of IN PARIS PATTERN gives you something that’s needed for someone who sweats – wonderful misdirection into knitwear
12a Kind of protection nobody else can afford (4-7)
Isn’t the English language wonderful? Read this again, but this time think of the alternative meaning of afford as provide
27a Ability to respond quickly professor supposedly lacks? (8,2,4)
This ability to respond quickly is cryptically defined as something a forgetful professor supposedly lacks
1d Commercial vehicle on street helping government (14)
A long charade of a commercial, a small vehicle, the abbreviation for street and a helping, of food perhaps, give a synonym for government
13d Very cold — round North, it’s zero, possibly, in Fahrenheit several times (6,5)
This is very easy once you see the answer – a term meaning very cold is constructed by putting around N(orth) an anagram (possibly) of IT’S ZERO and then putting this all inside F(ahrenheit) several times (three in total)
21d Kind of drive small car (6)
The first definition is a game that is played collectively in a drive, in the same way that you have a Whist Drive – the other definition is small car
25d Something highly entertaining from Gilbert and Sullivan, initially (3)
A word meaning highly entertaining, as in it’s a ***, comes very simply from the initial letters of Gilbert And Sullivan
If you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do.
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